From his vantage point as a chief official with the CIA and army intelligence, Allen reveals specifically how American leaders excluded intelligence from important policy decisions and caused America's failure to understand the Communist-led conflict. Maps.
George W. Allen was from 1949 to 1979 an intelligence analyst for the army, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the CIA. He specialized in the Vietnam wars, served almost three years in Vietnam itself, and later held senior staff and management positions related to the production of strategic intelligence. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.
He tells (what seems like) all in this wide-ranging, illuminating memoir. Publishers Weekly Illuminating! The VVA Veteran Valuable...an important piece of the Vietnam puzzle. -- Don Gregory Providence Journal A unique work by a unique author... Allen had the guts to speak truth to power. -- Harold P. Ford, Former Acting Chairman, National Intelligence Council The CIA's premier Vietnam intelligence expert reveals the inside story of disputes on the war... Don't miss this book! -- John Prados Indispensable... A must book. -- Lloyd Gardner If the reader can only read one book about the problems of strategic intelligence in Vietnam, this one is recommended. -- Hayden B. Peake The Journal Of Intelligence History
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